According to sleep experts, it's critical that we get seven to nine hours of shut-eye each night, but as many as one-third of us get less than six hours regularly. Does this include you?
If you know that you should be getting a little - or maybe a lot - more sleep, read on to learn how catching more z's positively impacts your brain function and weight.
Good sleep enhances, cognitive, memory and more!
A number of studies have found that quality sleep
improves cognition, concentration, memory, productivity and problem-solving skills. What’s more, sleep studies have shown that people who sleep after learning a task performed better on tests than those who didn’t sleep.
In contrast, poor sleep has been linked to impaired brain function. A study conducted on medical interns revealed that those on a work schedule that deprived them of a normal sleep routine made 36% more serious medical errors than those on a schedule that allowed for more sleep.
Another study found that insufficient sleep can negatively impact aspects of brain function, similar to if you were under the influence of alcohol.
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More sleep even helps you make healthier diet choices…
According to a new study, while getting more sleep every night might seem like a simple lifestyle change. It can help you make healthier diet choices, such as cutting back on the amount of sugar you eat, and even help you drop a few kilos.
Dr Wendy Hall, principal investigator from the Department of Nutritional Sciences in the United Kingdom, observed: “The fact that that extending sleep led to a reduction in intake of free sugars, by which we mean the sugars that are added to foods by manufacturers or in cooking at home as well as sugars in honey, syrups and fruit juice, suggests that a simple change in lifestyle may really help people to consume healthier diets.”
The study suggested that getting an hour or so more of shut-eye each night may also lead to healthier food choices. These findings further strengthen the connection between short sleep and poorer quality diets, which a body of previous research has suggested.
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